Having a baby is a blessing and a time of excitement. However, all the changes and sleepless nights can be exhausting. As a mom of two, I know how even getting ready for the day can be a struggle so the idea of planning your newborn photoshoot might feel daunting. I thought I’d share some tips to help you prepare for your in newborn session. This guide will answer any questions you may have and prepare you for your newborn photo session.
When should I schedule my newborn photoshoot?
Most of my expecting moms schedule their newborn photo session while they are still pregnant. I place your due date on my calendar and wait to hear back. I like to shoot within the first two to three weeks after you give birth however, if more time is needed, a later date can be scheduled. The beauty of my style is that it does not require that your baby is fully asleep the entire time.
Where will the photos take place?
You will be amazed to find out that with just a few windows the most beautiful images can be created. With that said, once I arrive to your home, I will do a walk through to see where the best light is, that typically is the bedroom, nursery or even the living-room. There’s no need to tidy up your entire house for your photoshoot. Focus on the places with the most natural light and make sure that those areas are clear of clutter.
What should I wear for my photo session?
This is a question I get asked most often. I suggest starting with one outfit and coordinate everyone else’s from there. Aim to choose a color palette of 2-3 complimentary colors and neutrals. Keep in mind what colors are in your home and what style you gravitate towards.
My goal as a photographer is to make you look like your best self. Stay away from current trends if you are not one to follow them. Your family’s unique style and personality should come through in the images.
DO keep it simple.
DON’T have everyone in the same outfit.
DO wear clothes you feel comfortable in.
DON’T wear an outfit that does not fit the environment (formal gown for in-home
DO ask about my client closet available to you free of charge.
DON’T wear neon colors or logos as they are distracting.
DO reach out to me at any time for assistance on what to wear.
As far as your baby, I like to recommend a neutral onesie and a swaddle to start then you can add another outfit if you wish to. Again,
I like to focus more on your love and connection
and less on busy patterns and props. This is true for siblings as well, make sure you have your other child(ren) in coordinating colors. Steer clear from dressing everyone in the same outfits to ensure that each individual personality are represented in the images.
What should I do the day of the shoot ?
Working with newborns for the past five years, I know how unpredictable they can be, this is why I like to schedule 2-3 hours for your session. This leaves room for feeding, outfit and diaper changes.
Feed and change your baby right before your session. Be sure to keep your home slightly warmer as this ensures that they will feel most comfortable during the shoot especially when they are being changed.
My motto has always been to keep things relaxed and let your infant lead the photo session. I help guide you throughout the entire process with simple prompts to get you to interact with one another all while I capture beautiful portraits and precious details that tell your story. Moreover, safety always always comes first. I will never place your baby in unnatural or unsafe positions.
What happens after the photoshoot?
Editing is a huge part of the process, it takes hours to go through and edit each image. I look at color balance, skin tone and any background distractions i need to fix. Although, I like to be minimal with the editing, sometimes babies are born with infant acne so some skin smoothing is required. Images are usually ready within 2-3 weeks.
Finally try to just enjoy the moments and relax!
There are few moments in your life that are more magical than meeting your baby for the first time. It’s taking them home and making them a part of your family. It is such an exciting time and I am honored to be part of it. I hope these tips will help you prepare for you for your newborn photo session.